In his weekly column, Barcelona legend Rivaldo says Quique Setien needs more time before being judged and it’s unfair to compare Antoine Griezmann with Philippe Coutinho.
Here’s what the Brazilian had to say:
“Barcelona beat Leganes 2-0 last night but they didn’t produce a great performance and many are still skeptical about Quique Setien’s new system. I think it’s difficult to pass judgment after just two matches post-lockdown.
“We need to wait a few more weeks to see how the team evolves. It’s understandable that their rhythm and intensity isn’t at its peak yet as they were a lot of time without playing or training. There are players returning from injuries and others still looking to be fit, so we must give them some more time before deciding if Setien’s system can truly work in the long run.
“At the moment, and while the quality of play is not yet at his best, the most important thing is for Barcelona to continue grabbing wins, to keep the leadership of La Liga ahead of Real Madrid and put pressure on them.”
Griezmann can shed ‘new Coutinho’ tag with improved performances
“Barça have won both their games since the restart, with Antoine Griezmann as a starter, but he continues to be far from the player he was at Atletico Madrid and some are wondering if he may become a ‘new Coutinho’ at Barcelona.
“It’s a harsh to start making those comparisons, but it’s up to the player to prove it on the pitch. The lack of goals is demotivating and damages Griezmann’s confidence, so I believe it’s important for Lionel Messi to help him. Messi could, for example, let Griezmann take penalties when Barcelona are winning comfortably — just to get the Frenchman scoring — just like he did with Luis Suárez in the past.”